|21 Aug 2021||
|22 Aug 2021||
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|23 Aug 2021||
Vigur Island, Iceland
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|24 Aug 2021||At sea|
|25 Aug 2021||
Hekla Havn, Denmark Island
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|26 Aug 2021||
Bear Island, Norway
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|27 Aug 2021||At sea|
|28 Aug 2021||
Ella Island, Greenland
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|28 Aug 2021||
Blomster Bugt, Greenland
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|29 Aug 2021||At sea|
|30 Aug 2021||At sea|
|31 Aug 2021||
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|01 Sep 2021||
|10:00 AM||07:00 PM|
|02 Sep 2021||At sea|
|03 Sep 2021||
|08:00 AM||05:00 PM|
|04 Sep 2021||
14 Night Cruise sailing from Reykjavik roundtrip aboard Seabourn Venture.
Circle Iceland’s coastal Viking heritage round-trip from Reykjavik, and sail deep into Greenland’s towering, colorful fjords to where shining glaciers flow from alpine ranges.
Highlights of this cruise:
The Northeast Greenland National Park is the most northerly and largest national park in the world. It is Greenland’s only national park and is larger than all but 30 of the world’s countries.
Within the park there are many fjords, including the many-branched Scoresby Sound, the largest fjord in the world. At the entry to the Øfjord in Scoresby Sund are the Bear islands (Bjørne Øer), a scattering of low, glaciated rock islands surrounded by broad waterways dotted with icebergs and ringed by distant snow-capped ranges. These islands benefit from warm currents that keep the fjord open even in winter, and attract wildlife including walruses, seals and beluga and bowhead whales. They afford us many inviting landing places, with easy climbs to spectacular views. The islands and their surroundings reveal an epic geological history, particularly where glacial action has planed the surfaces smooth to reveal twisted and rippled layers of differently colored rocks.
Hekla Haven, Denmark Island
On Denmark Island in the extensive Scoresby Sound in East Greenland is a sheltered cove called Hekla Havn, so named for the converted sealer ‘Hekla’ used by Carl Ryder for his 1891-92 sailing expedition to East Greenland. The Ryder party wintered here, and erected stone cairns that still stand on the heights. Some remnants of their buildings are left, along with a much more recent and sizeable hut. The landscape around the cove is dramatic, with tall, stratified basalt ridges and peaks encircling the fjord and rounded, glaciated gneiss domes making up the island itself. Photographers are frequently entranced by the striking patterns of minerals in the rocks here. There are also some older Inuit tent circles and standing stones of interest. On the horizon, immense curving glaciers are evident.
Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, is the northern-most national capital in the world. Its name translates as ‘smoky bay’, referencing the geothermal nature of the surrounding area. The city benefits from astonishing landscapes shaped by glaciers, earthquakes, and volcanic activity throughout the centuries. An amphitheater of mountains encircles the greater Reykjavik area, a coastline indented with coves, peninsulas and islands. Most of city’s growth came during the early 20th century, and the majority of its architecture is typical of that era. Colorful rooftops and the elegant spire of Hallgrímskirkja Church dominate Reykjaviks’s skyline. Known for its arts, Reykjavik hosts a number of internationally recognized festivals, most notably the Iceland Air music festival, Reykjavik Arts Festival and the Reykjavik International Film Festival.
The Westfjords in northwest Iceland is a remote and sparsely populated peninsula of steep, tall mountains cut by dozens of fjords. The lack of flat lowlands suitable for farming played a key role in keeping this region wild and sparsely populated. The raw and untamed natural landscape around Ísafjörður is characterized by a subarctic environment. A colorful show of blooming tundra wildflowers carpets the mountain slopes and valleys during the short, cool summer.
Vigur Island, second largest island in the Westfjords region, is one of the most renowned areas in Iceland for viewing nesting birds en masse. The area’s cliffs host an astonishing wealth of nesting birdlife, while the occasional arctic fox can be spotted patrolling the edges of the bird colonies in hope of an easy meal.
According to Icelandic history, Ísafjörður was first settled in the 9th century by a man called Helgi Magri Hrólfsson. The oldest house in Iceland, built in 1734, can be found in Ísafjörður and is now a part of a local museum.
At the northern end of the King Oscar Fjord in the expansive Northeast Greenland National Park, Ella Island is wedged in the entry to the Kempe Fjord. In the past, the explorer and geologist Lauge Koch had a cabin on the island, and the botanist Thorvald Sørensen spent four years there in the 1930s gathering data for his PhD thesis. The island has exposed areas of very old sedimentary rock containing fossils from the Cambrian era. At present, the island is uninhabited except in summer when a contingent of Denmark’s elite Sirius Sledge Patrol resides in their small base on the island. The island shorelines and the tundra slopes offer spectacular views of the fjord-scape, the nearby Trail and Geographical Society Islands and the Stauning Alps to the southwest.
Akureyri is the second largest urban area in Iceland with a population of around 18,000. Nicknamed ‘The Capital of the North,’ it is situated at the head of Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, only 62 miles (100 km) from the Arctic Circle. Surrounded by snow-streaked mountains, the Akureyri hills flourish in summer with a profusion of arctic wildflowers. Mt. Kerling is the highest peak visible from town, at 5,064’ (1,538 m). Often cloudy, with a mild climate, Akureyri has much less precipitation than its southern counterpart Reykjavik. It is a cultured city, with a university, numerous galleries, museums, art exhibitions, and live theater performances.
Nearby Hrísey Island is a spectacularly beautiful and peaceful island often called ‘The Pearl of Eyjafjörður,’ with an atmosphere of calm and settled tranquility. Numerous Atlantic puffins fly overhead, and the occasional whale is seen traversing the fjord.
The remote town of Seydisfjordur is perched at the end of a narrow, twisting fjord in East Iceland. A very picturesque village of 700 people, it is known for its thriving arts scene and large number of resident artists. Tourism is on the rise, as well, since its natural setting of mountains and waterfalls is simply breathtaking. Surrounded by impressive, 3,560’ (1,085 m) snow-capped mountains, Seydisfjordur is home to the Technical Museum of Iceland, and the area hosts populations of both eider ducks and Atlantic puffins. Settled by Norwegian fishermen in 1848, the town quickly became an important center for trade between Iceland and Europe. It is known throughout Iceland for its colorful Norwegian-style wooden houses.
Heimaey Island is the largest in the Westman Islands located four miles off the south-west coast of Iceland. One of the most visually impressive islands in Iceland, it is ringed by tall, vertical sea cliffs many hundreds of feet high. Heimaey is also the home to over eight million Atlantic puffins, more nesting puffins than anywhere else on earth. A local story tells that puffin chicks, taking their first flights at night, often become stranded in the village streets, where the local children rescue them and set them free the next day.
In January of 1973 the island received the nickname, ‘Pompeii of the North’ when a volcanic eruption and lava flow destroyed half the town. This caused a crisis when the town’s only harbor was nearly blocked by advancing lava. Nowadays it is a lively place with a vibrant culture and over four thousand residents. Archaeological excavations suggest that people lived on Heimaey as early as the 10th Century.
Seabourn Venture is scheduled to launch in June 2021, with a second yet-to-be-named sister ship slated to launch in May 2022. Both ships will be designed and built for diverse environments to PC6 Polar Class standards and will include a plethora of modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships global deployment and capabilities. The new ships, which are being built by T. Mariotti, will be a brand new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveler, and will include many features that have made Seabourn ships so successful. A new and exciting offering will be two custom-built submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable view of the world beneath the ocean’s surface. The ships will also be designed to carry a complement of double sea kayaks, mountain bikes and ebikes as well as 24 Zodiacs that can accommodate all onboard guests at once, which will allow for a truly immersive experience. Each ship will feature 132 all veranda, all ocean-front suites.
Each day on board offers delicious dining options, world-class entertainment and enriching activities.
Ship Profile & Stats
- Length: 170 metres
- Tonnage: 23,000 tonnes
- Maiden Voyage: June 2021
- Passenger Capacity (dbl): 264
- Crew Nationality: International
- Officer Nationality: International
- Dining Staff Nationality: International
- Plush Robes
- Plush Slippers
- Hair Dryer
- 110/220 volts outlet
- In Room Safe
- Fully Stocked Bar & Refrigerator
- Interactive Television
- Swimming Pool
- Self Service Lauderette
- The Patio
- The Patio Bar
- Restaurant 2
- The Colonnade
- Discovery Centre
- Expedition Lounge
- Custom-Built Submarines
At Seabourn, we are passionate about travel. We believe that traveling for pleasure has a redemptive power that enriches people’s lives. And we believe that people should travel well.
Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed — elegant, yet casual — sumptuous, yet understated. Our intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow.
Our ships attract interesting people, who seek to share experiences beyond the expected in places beyond the ordinary. Our acclaimed staff offers a unique style of heartfelt hospitality that is sincere, thoughtful and personal.
Seabourn pioneered small-ship, ultra-luxury cruising, and continues to represent the pinnacle of that unique style of travel. Our fleet of intimate, all-suite ships, carrying between 458 and 600 guests each, sail to the world’s most desirable destinations at their peak seasons. On board, guests are served by an award-winning crew numbering nearly as many as the guests, hand-picked and extensively trained to deliver Seabourn’s signature style of thoughtful, personalized and heartfelt hospitality. Seabourn’s ships attract accomplished people who enjoy traveling well, and sharing fun and adventures with other interesting people. A great many of them have found the Seabourn cruise experience to be their preferred method of travel, and return regularly to sail with us again and again. We would welcome the opportunity to explore whether that might be true for you.
In 2009, Seabourn again raised the bar with the debut of Seabourn Odyssey, hailed as “a game-changer for the ultra-luxury segment.” Although larger than the original Seabourn sisters, Seabourn Odyssey carries just 458 guests and offers a wealth of amenities made possible by the highest ratio of space per guest in the cruise industry, including the largest spa on any luxury ship and generous private verandas on 90 percent of her suites. Seabourn Odyssey has since been joined by two identical sisters, Seabourn Sojourn in 2010 and Seabourn Quest in 2011. Our first 600-passenger ship, Seabourn Encore, was delivered in 2016 and a second 600-passenger ship, Seabourn Ovation, was delivered Spring 2018.
Our expanded fleet allows us to offer the award-winning Seabourn experience to more travelers, in more cruising regions than ever before. No matter where in our wide world you want to travel, we offer you the opportunity to see it all in perfect elegance and ease — to travel well — aboard the best small ships in the world.
The Seabourn Difference
** Intimate ships with a private club atmosphere ** Intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations ** Curated voyages to all seven continents delivering award-winning experiences
** All ocean-front suites, luxuriously appointed ** Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times ** All dining venues are complimentary — dine where, when and with whom you wish ** World-class dining, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller ** Complimentary welcome champagne and in-suite bar stocked with your preferences ** Tipping is neither required, nor expected
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